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Wales keep title hopes alive with win over France in Paris

True I suppose, although some of the commentators/pundits, mentioned things about how perhaps the huge amount of players St Andre has gone through has left players feeling more at pressure...but then of course this is a catch 22, I believe Clive Woodward mentioned a couple of years ago regarding Michalak, how coaches can sometimes get into situations where everyone says don't pick that player, but the coach continues to pick him for some reason.... So in that scenario, players need to feel some sort of pressure that if they don't perform then they're going to be asked to sit down for a bit..

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

...yeh, it did seem like an odd plan... keep kicking it to Zebo...

I mean, I know in club rugby when you see someone stuff up a catch the temptation is to fire another one towards him (well, I can only imagine that is the temptation, seeing as I'm currently banned from kicking the ball...) But these are international players.

They probably looked at stats and said "Zebo is the worst catcher on the Irish team" what they perhaps didn't take into account is that whilst 99% of successful catches is worse than 99.5%, it's still pretty damn good... (made up figures)

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

Oh come on Stroudos.. I'm personally in the camp that Warburtons tackle wasn't 'that bad'.. Healy's was far less 'dangerous'...

Late for a backline player, but for a prop I'd say it was just on the limit.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Italy score late penalty try to upset Scotland at Murrayfield

Brilliant game, but then Scotland seemed to undo all the good they've been doing the last few games.

Well done to Italy, as others have mentioned, Parisse is immense!

When's Castro back; or has he still got to wait for his nose to come out the back end of a dog?

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Italy score late penalty try to upset Scotland at Murrayfield

10stonenumber10 is an Italian name?

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Wales keep title hopes alive with win over France in Paris

Started to watch the game, but early on it became clear it was going to be dull. France bore me now, I'm amazed a team full of such talent can be so appalling, can we still blame Saint Andre?

Wales, surprisingly BAD...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

One of the best bits of rugby I've seen from Ireland in a while. I thought they played so well. They made the English into a bit of a non existent team for the majority of the game.

I thought aside from the Irish kicking, their running and passing was also brilliant.

As others have mention, they need to also have a plan B. Perhaps if they'd that against Mike Brown, it might not have worked so well. I also seriously doubt they'll have the same joy with that tactic against New Zealand for instance.

Bit unpleasant to see SOB staggering around. I saw the replays but nothing looked particularly 'stunning'...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

Eddie, it's fine if they want to include the red card as part of the punishment, however they ought to reword it better... I mean they pretty much said they've reduced the guys ban because his team suffered.... well... yeh... that doesn't make any sense..

Whilst we are all individual thinkers (well 4-15 are) running around on a pitch, we are part of our teams, therefore our actions and subsequent punishments are on a collective front, if I punch a player and get red carded, the referee is punishing ME individually, by making me leave the field, but also my team who are tarred with the same brush.

I can't quite word it - work has my brain fried, but... lets say in this instance red card = 10 week ban.

So red card for me, and I'm banned for 10 weeks, but my team suffered, so 2 week reduction.. so really red card now = 8 week ban, because a team will always suffer one way or another.

The only way it could possibly have room to allow a reduction for 'team suffering#, is if we brought in a new law; whereby a captain can 'swap' the offending player, so the team is never down to 14...

Therefore, red card for me, I'm banned for 10 weeks, but my team DIDN'T suffer, because they chose the 'swap' option, therefore no reduction...

I dunno, get my drift? You can't give a referee the option to card players if you are going to take the fact a player got carded and put his team in difficulty into consideration for his ban?!?!?

I am of course happy to take into consideration a player NOT getting carded when he should have been.

4 Weeks, 17 Hours ago

Six Nations 2015: The Journalists' Midterm Report

I guess I'm the odd one out, I've actually enjoyed a lot of the rugby.

Although personally I've not found the England matches to be massively entertaining. They've played well and I really enjoy seeing the potential there, especially without Farrell, but it's not been as 'exciting' game by game. There is still of course some big big games to come.

Btw, I still wasn't thrilled by the first England game, I think a lot of the criticisms down to it perhaps being their first game of the tournament.

Scotland and Italy have played some thrilling stuff, even if they've been on the wrong end of the results.

Ireland France game was good to watch.

4 Weeks, 17 Hours ago

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

I would also like to know what Vermuelen did to provoke Triggs.. Also, how is 'leaving his team at a disadvantage' something to take into consideration??

..so you were dumb enough to strike someone like that, you get carded for your actions and this your team suffers... BUT, you get rewarded for your team suffering by getting a ban reduction???

1 Month, 1 Hour ago